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Baltimore County Public Schools named National School Library Program of the Year

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:32:43 +0000

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“Baltimore County Public Schools, serving all public schools in Baltimore County, Md., is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2017 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLPY Award annually recognizes a single school or district-wide school library program that meets the needs of the changing school […]

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New website brings 9 decades of University [of Chicago] history online 

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:37:26 +0000

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“The newly launched University of Chicago Campus Publications website allows researchers to readily explore more than nine decades of University history, from 1892 to 1995.   At launch, the site provides digital access to four periodicals:  Cap and Gown, the College yearbook; the University of Chicago Magazine, the official alumni publication; Quarterly Calendar, an early omnibus […]

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Embattled Evanston librarian questions timing of disciplinary actions

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:31:18 +0000

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“Embattled Evanston librarian Lesley Williams on Wednesday said she wonders why she is facing disciplinary hearings now, when the infractions at issue happened months ago and did not draw attention at the time. “The real question is why these allegations are being made now, especially since one of the incidents occurred in September, and the […]

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Internet Archive wins Webby Lifetime Achievement award

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:23:28 +0000

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“We are honored to announce that the Internet Archive has been named as one of the 21st annual Webby Awards winners! Hailed as one of the Internet’s highest honors, we’re excited to receive a Webby Lifetime Achievement award and join the ranks of our friends like Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Lawrence Lessig, and Vint Cerf.” (via […]

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Turning the T into a mobile library

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:57:33 +0000

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“Could your morning commute use a little fairy dust? A new program, Books on the T, hopes to sprinkle a daily dose of literature into Bostonians’ lives, relying on volunteer “book fairies” to place multiple free copies around the area’s railways and buses for lucky riders to take, read, and recirculate — essentially turning the […]

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As colleges ditch books, the future of the campus library is changing

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:25:47 +0000

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“On college campuses across the United States, libraries are getting makeovers. And for many, that means moving away from physical books – the mainstay of libraries for thousands of years – in favor of other functions that college administrators say better fit the needs of the 21st-century student.One of the latest examples of this trend […]

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In long Camden County library contract dispute, hint of a breakthrough

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:20:43 +0000

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“Amber Pallante recalls when a woman came into the South County Regional Branch of the Camden County Library System dressed up in finery, as if for a wedding. She was seeking internet access so she could watch a family wedding abroad through Skype, as she was unable to attend.Pallante, the principal librarians’ assistant at the […]

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More Time in the Stacks: Library Hours in NYC Still Lag Behind Other Big Cities

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:42:28 +0000

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“New York City’s branch libraries are now open significantly more hours per week than at any point in the past decade. This marks an important improvement at a time when branch libraries have become vital information portals for New Yorkers who lack the essential literacy, language. and technological skills needed to get ahead today. Due […]

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New Round Of Layoffs May All But Decimate San Diego Schools Libraries

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:38:14 +0000

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“The San Diego Unified Board of Education will vote Tuesday on whether to send some 200 additional pink slips to staff, bringing the total number of potential layoffs next year to about 1,700. The latest proposal would all but decimate the district’s already anemic library system.It would lay off all library technicians at middle and […]

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This UNT Music Librarian Outlines Challenges, Rewards In His Work In The Digital Age

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:09:26 +0000

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“Whether they’re working on a university campus, inside an elementary school or within a neighborhood, librarians are asserting their relevance in the age of the internet. Their biggest obstacle? People who “hold the purse strings” thinking libraries don’t continue to provide an important service. That’s according to one music librarian at the University of North […]

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King County Library Board to better represent diversity of region

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:08:13 +0000

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“State legislation expanding the King County Library System (KCLS) board of trustees from five to seven members is awaiting Governor Inslee’s signature. House Bill 1281, sponsored by Washington State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, updates the board to better represent the growing and diverse population of those served by the library system. Metropolitan King County Council Chair Joe […]

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U-M’s new Orson Welles acquisition from his daughter reveals never-before-seen work 

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:05:08 +0000

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“A new set of materials from Beatrice Welles will make the University of Michigan Library’s Orson Welles collection the world’s most comprehensive resource for Welles scholars and fans.The daughter of renowned indie filmmaker Orson Welles and Italian actress Paola Mori, Beatrice Welles had a particularly extraordinary childhood. She was brought up jetsetting to different countries, […]

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Wikipedia co-founder launches project to fight fake news

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:02:15 +0000

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“Jimmy Wales is hoping the formula that made Wikipedia popular will have the same effect for battling fake news stories online. The Wikipedia co-founder is launching “Wikitribune,” an open collaboration featuring professional and community journalists as well as other contributors creating fact-checked stories for the web. The new site seemingly is going to be different […]

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Sask. government reverses funding cut to libraries

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:26:38 +0000

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“The Saskatchewan government is reversing funding cuts to libraries in last month’s provincial budget. On Monday, the government announced it will be restoring funding for provincial libraries to 2016-17 funding levels to keep regional and municipal libraries and interlibrary loans operational. “There were many necessary, difficult decisions taken in this budget, however the reductions in […]

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NEH awards leading San Francisco institutions $315,000 to digitize AIDS archives

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:16:03 +0000

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“The Archives and Special Collections department of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library, in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, has been awarded a $315,000 implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The collaborating institutions will digitize about 127,000 pages […]

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Shakespeare died 401 years ago, but original scripts from his era live on in a new digital archive 

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:09:20 +0000

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“One was a roguish figure and possible spy, stabbed to death after a mysterious arrest. Another wrote works of biting and often cynical satire. A third wrote only a few plays before dying in his early 30s, but not after penning some of the finest, and still startling, works of Elizabethan erotica.Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Middleton […]

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Here’s how libraries in Fairmont City and Ferguson are redefining what it means to be a library

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:58:56 +0000

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“The concept of a library is over 5,000 years old, but that doesn’t mean these community institutions are stuck in the Stone Age. On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, we heard from librarians from two different communities in the region, in Ferguson, Mo., and Fairmont City, Ill., and how they are innovating exactly what […]

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LIBRARY TO RELEASE CATALOG ON WORLD WAR II ERA DOCUMENTS

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:13:52 +0000

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“Holocaust denial just got a little harder. The Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust & Genocide is making the United Nations’ files on World War II war crimes more accessible by allowing the general public to search an online catalog of the documents for the first time beginning Friday. People will still have to […]

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GPO Launches New GPO.GOV Website

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:14:52 +0000

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“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launches a newly designed, user-friendly agency website for customers, vendors, Federal agencies, libraries and the public looking for access to Government information, the latest GPO news, and GPO products and services.  The beta site features a simple, mobile-friendly structure that connects the user in a more streamlined digital manner […]

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Net neutrality: America’s libraries stand for freedom and fairness

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:33:16 +0000

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“From books to broadband, libraries have always existed to provide equitable opportunities for all. Few can doubt the internet’s central role as a driver for expanding civic and economic opportunity, from free speech to the free market. Equitable treatment on the communications channel for the 21st Century is near and dear to librarians and the […]

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Proposed library cuts an assault on the poor, US Rep. Grijalva says

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:38:03 +0000

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“As a boy growing up on the south side of Tucson, Raúl Grijalva was constantly inside the school library reading novels, magazines and newspapers.On Tuesday, Congressman Grijalva, D-Arizona, stood outside El Presidio Library with a demand to President Donald Trump — put back the $187 million in federal funding to libraries that his proposed budget had […]

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Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century: fewer books, more space

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:24:21 +0000

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“UC Berkeley’s newly remodeled undergraduate library is modern and sleek, with its top two floors featuring low-slung couches, a futuristic nap pod, and meeting spaces with glass walls made to be written on and colorful furniture meant to be moved. The library has even dropped its rules against bringing in food and drinks on those […]

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National Poetry Month: New Recordings Uploaded to Recorded Poetry and Literature Archive

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:51:08 +0000

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“In honor of National Poetry Month, the center has digitized and uploaded 50 new recordings to its online Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. Among the additions are recordings by poets laureate Daniel Hoffman, Philip Levine, Rita Dove, Maxine Kumin, Josephine Jacobsen, William Stafford, Anthony Hecht, Robert Pinsky and Gwendolyn Brooks.” (via Library of Congress Blog)

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National Library of Wales to digitise sound recordings

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000

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“The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth has become part of a new sound archive network.It will become one of 10 “sound preservation centres” that will work with the British Library to protect rare and unique recordings as part of a £18.8m project. In Wales alone, 5,000 items will be digitised. Lona Mason, visual images […]

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Are school libraries headed toward extinction? LAUSD principals are choosing other ways to spend limited budgets, but some board members want to change that

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:25:51 +0000

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“Five more LA Unified high schools may divert their funding for teacher librarians this fall as principals decide to spend their budgets on other pressing needs, meaning 15 of the 84 high school libraries would not be fully staffed. The state’s Local Control Funding Formula allows more autonomy for district schools, and library staffing is among the discretionary items. But […]

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